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Guyana’s Other Popular Rivers

The fact that the rivers of Guyana are mentioned in the country’s national anthem is reason enough to know that you will have several excursions along these wonderful water highways. The moniker, ‘land of many waters’, come alive as you cross the numerous rivers, creeks and streams that flow throughout its length and breadth. The Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice are the largest and most important rivers of the country, but there are several others that support life around them.

Berbice

Rising from the southeast of Guyana, the Berbice River travels for 595 kilometres through dense rainforests before passing through New Amsterdam and eventually flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Aiding commerce on its tributaries and a plush ecosystem for wildlife, Berbice is one of the most important rivers of Guyana.

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Burro Burro

The closest tryst with the Burro Burro River for any traveller is with the hosts of the Surama Eco-lodge in the North Rupununi region. The river can be accessed from the lodge by traversing a dense jungle trail for an hour. For nature and adventure enthusiasts, the river landing becomes the basecamp for multi-day river and camping tours, fishing, caiman spotting and birdwatching.

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Corentyne

The Mazaruni River is another tributary of the Essequibo River. Originating in the far-reaching forests of the Pakaraima Mountains and the Roraima plateau, it eventually meets the Cuyuni River near Bartica. Apart from being a rich source of alluvial gold, the river is home to a number of fish species. black electric eels (numfish), piry (piranha), haimara, baiara and lau-lau fish are abundantly found in these waters, along with Anacondas.

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Rupununi

A tributary of the Essequibo, the Rupununi River originates in the Kanuku Mountains in the southern part of Guyana. Sharing a watershed with the Amazon, the Rupununi River is rich in biodiversity and a popular cruising highway for travellers to get close to nature. It is flanked by savannah, wetlands, forest, and the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, offering a great aquatic ecosystems for many regions.

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Cuyuni, Mazaruni & Other Rivers

  • Cuyuni
    A tributary of the Essequibo River, the Cuyuni makes a long and arduous journey from the Guiana Highlands of Venezuela from where it drops through tropical rainforests to meet the Mazaruni near Bartica. Weekenders from Georgetown often visit the resorts on the river, immersing themselves in the abundant greenery around its banks.
  • Mazaruni
    The Mazaruni River is another tributary of the Essequibo River. Originating in the far-reaching forests of the Pakaraima Mountains and the Roraima plateau, it eventually meets the Cuyuni River near Bartica. Apart from being a rich source of alluvial gold, the river is home to a number of fish species. Black electric eels (numfish), piry (piranha), haimara, baiara and lau-lau fish are abundantly found in these waters, along with anacondas.
  • Mahaica
    Like most rivers of Guyana, the Mahaica also drains into the Atlantic Ocean. But before that, it offers the perfect environs for birdlife. In fact, the Mahaica’s waterway is a popular weekend getaway from Georgetown for birding enthusiasts. The river is also a sportfishing hotspot, given its rich biodiversity and access from the capital.
  • Rewa River
    The Rewa River of Guyana offers access to a virtually untouched part of the country with pristine natural environment. A tributary of the Essequibo, it runs for kilometers through the heart of the nation and joins the Rupununi River at Rewa Village. The river’s adjoining areas are home to a long list of animals featuring jaguars, tapirs, giant river otters, monkeys, capybaras, giant armadillos, caimans, giant river turtles, pumas, peccaries, anacondas and agoutis. Many large species of river fish, including tiger fish, piranha, arawana, payara and peacock bass can be found here.
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